I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Jules Madigan loves his family and he loves his job. The only thing he’s missing out on is a Happy Ever After, like the ones written by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge. While he’s waiting for that HEA, Jules indulges himself in buying Ewan’s old typewriter as memorabilia – before realising he’s been defrauded. Through the fraud case, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar – and through Leonard, Jules even gets to meet and work with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth, and soon Jules has to face some harsh realities.
I am frustrated by how this book went. I loved the premise of the story, but the execution was not good. It was a strong beginning, Jules wanted the whole romantic notion of being in love. He wanted the happily ever after, he is a true romantic at heart. Jules is in love with a very known romance author Ewan Byge pronounced like “Bi” that was the explanation in the book. I love that Jules was super fan, he brought memorabilia from the author, went to conventions, he basically day dreamed and swooned over the author. An unfortunate event leads him to Constable Leonard Edgar and his dream guy Ewan Byge.
Right there is when signals got crossed for me. The double love interest didn’t work because I feel like someone was getting the short end of the deal. I don’t blame Jules for being invested in one guy more because he had this notion in his mind from the beginning. I really liked Leonard, even thought some things were known about himself, but I felt like Leonard was so selfless about this situation. He wasn’t bitter, he was patient and that truly showed character. I don’t even Ewan but there wasn’t a connection outside of Jules mind about him. If anything he should have been a supporting friend and basically nudge in him the direction that was best for Jules. That’s in ad ideal world I guess. It kinda went uphill when I started reading it, and this drastically dropping like a roller coaster. The romance was a C class character in between everything else that was happening. It didn’t go how I would have imagined. FFS, I felt like Jem & Archie had to push Jules to see Leonard. That’s not how a true romantic should act in my opinion. I lost my connection with the story. My favorite thing about this book was Archie. I love seeing supportive parents in novels. I didn’t lose hope with this author, I’ll continue to read her work. This just wasn’t for me.